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Aranui means 'The Great Highway' in the Maori language, and the brand new Aranui 5 is a purpose-built part-passenger, part-freighter ships, that sail the South Seas regularly between Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands. Launched in 2015, the Arauni 5 is the 4th ship in the line (there was no Aranui 4!). The ship is a lifeline for many of the Marquesan islands and their people, delivering essential supplies to the islands and exporting produce back to the main port in Tahiti for shipping all over the world. Whilst doing this vital service, the ship sails to some of the most beautiful and interesting islands in the region. To take advantage of this, the Aranui 5 can also carry around 250 cruise passengers, to visit these lovely islands.
The brand new Aranui 5 took over the route from the Aranui 3 in November 2015. Built at the Weihai shipyard in China, the Aranui 5 is 126m/413ft long, 22m/72ft wide, weighs in at 3,200 tons unladen and has been specifically designed to operate this route. As with the Aranui 3, the front of the ship will be the cargo area, and the vastly improved and increased passenger cabins and social areas will be at the rear. She has a cruising speed of 15 knots and can carry up to 254 passengers, staying in a range of 103 cabins, including 1 Presidential Suite, 8 Royal Suites, 21 Premier Balcony Suites, 2 Junior Suites without balcony, 24 Superior Deluxe Balcony Staterooms, 7 Deluxe Outside Stateroom, 40 Standard Staterooms, and 4 C Class dormitory-style cabins, each with 4 bunks, plus 1 dormitory with 8 bunks, (Dormitory cabins will share bathroom facilities). The public areas have been upgraded, too, with a fitness room, massage room/Spa , video/computor room, a spacious restaurant, 4 bars, including a Skybar on the top deck, several lounge areas, library, shopping area, 2 conference rooms, and a swimming pool and jacuzzi on the sundeck.
The Standard Staterooms offer 1 double bed or 2 twin beds, ensuite bathroom with shower, desk and chair, chest of drawers, wardrobe, in-room safe, air conditioning and some Staterooms may also have a small balcony. The Deluxe cabins have the same amenities as the Standard Staterooms, but also have a small balcony, a small fridge, hairdryer and are slightly larger. The Superior Deluxe Cabins are larger than the Deluxe and have a sitting area with chairs and coffee table. The 2 Junior Suites have no balcony or large windown due to superstructure location, but are larger than the Deluxe cabins and offer a sofabed in the sitting area. The Premium Suites offer spacious cabins with a divided sleeping area with double or twin beds and sitting area with sofa and 2 chairs and sliding patio doors to a private balcony. The Royal Suites are very spacious and larger than the Premium Suites, though they do have similar amenities and layout. The Presidential Suite is huge with a separate bedroom and living room, 2 TV's walk-in wardrobe, 2 ensuite shower rooms, fridge, mini bar and wet bar area, and liding doors to a large furnished balcony.
The 2 lower Decks, Deck 2 and Main Deck, house the Staterooms and no other public areas. The upper deck has the C class cabins, 2 Deluxe Suites and the main dining room and restaurant. The Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner each day when you are onboard and offers a varied selection of menu, with a French/Polynesian feel. Meals are informal and usually everyone dines at the same time, unless the ship is totally full, when they may have two seatings. The Boat Deck has the main lounge and conference room plus 12 Staterooms and 2 Royal Suites. The Verandah Deck has another bar and lounge, the 2 Junior Suites, 10 Premium Suites and 2 Royal Suites. The Pool deck had the swimming pool, jacuzzi and terrace, 3 Deluxe Suites, 11 Premium Suites and 2 Royal Suites. The Sun deck has a terrace overlooking the pool, 2 Deluxe, 12 Superior and 2 Royal Suites. The top deck, the Sky Bar Deck houses the Sky Bar and lounge, 2 Deluxe, 9 Superior and the Presidential Suite
There is also a smaller lounge and bar, a video/entertainment room, reception area, fitness room with ocean view, and facilities for fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and cultural activities such as palm leaf hat weaving, pareo wearing lessons and informational and cultural lectures and talks.
The Aranui 5 itinerary will inclued a stop in Bora Bora on the last day of the cruise which is an addition to the ships ports of call.
The Aranui 5's first few cruises are booked up already, but contact us if you want to reserve a cabin on any of the future sailings.
The sailing dates, the days of leaving and docking back in Tahiti are as follows. The ship is scheduled to sail at 10.30am and dock back at 9.30am (timings subject to change):
|ARANUI 5 SAILINGS FOR 2016|
16 January - 29 January 2016
06 February - 19 February 2016
27 February - 11 March 2016
19 March - 01 April 2016
09 April - 22 April 2016
30 April - 13 May 2016
21 May - 03 June 2016
11 June - 24 June 2016
02 July - 15 July 2016
23 July - 05 August 2016
13 August - 26 August 2016
03 September - 16 September 2016
24 September - 07 October 2016
15 October - 28 October 2016
05 November - 18 November 2016
26 November - 09 December 2016
17 December - 30 December 2016
|ARANUI 5 SAILINGS FOR 2017|
10 January - 23 January 2017
28 Janauary - 10 February 2017
16 February - 01 March 2017
07 March - 20 March 2017
25 March - 07 April 2017
13 April - 26 April 2017
02 May - 15 May 2017
20 May - 02 June 2017
08 June - 21 June 2017
27 June - 10 July 2017
18 July - 31 July 2017
05 August - 18 August 2017
24 August - 06 September 2017
12 September - 25 September 2017
30 September - 13 October 2017
19 October - 01 November 2017
07 November - 20 November 2017
25 November - 08 December 2017
14 December - 27 December 2017
|ARANUI 5 SAILINGS FOR 2018|
13 January - 26 January 2018
01 February - 14 February 2018
20 February - 05 March 2018
More sailings to follow
at a later date
The Aranui 5 offers a 14-day/13-night, 800-mile cruise, stopping off at 8 different islands, with 2 stops at Ua Poa, Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa. Each cruise is the same itinerary, as this is governed by the schedule required by port restrictions, and for the freight delivery and pick-up. Some islands offer a stop of a few hours and others can be a whole day. The full itinerary is laid out below:
We do not recommend this Cruise for children under 12 years. There is no discounted price for a child, cabins only sleep 2 persons and extra beds are not available, so multiple cabins would have to be booked. No cabins are interconnecting. Some of the daily excursions are not suitable for young children and there is not really any on-board activities to occupy them on board ship, other than the pool.
Transfers to board the ship can arranged on request.
Check-in will be Papeete Dock minimum 2 hours before ship sailing at 10.30am. The ship WILL sail without any guest who is not onboard on time.
Although there are frequent
international flights into Tahiti, French Polynesia's international
gateway to the World, there are limited airports of embarkation to
choose from, with currently only Paris, Los Angeles, Auckland and
Tokyo offering single plane air service to Tahiti.
The international airline for French Polynesia. is Air Tahiti Nui, who operate daily flights from Paris and Los Angeles to Tahiti, and on some days there are additional fights to/from Los Angeles. In addition, they operate two weekly flights to/from Auckland and they serve Tokyo twice a week. Their services to New York and Sydney have been suspended at this time.
Air France currently offer a service from Paris, three times a week via Los Angeles
Air New Zealand operates twice a week from/to Auckland with it's own aircraft, it also operates a codeshare arrangements with Air Tahiti Nui providing seats on their two weekly fights from Tahiti to Auckland.
Air Calin, operate a weekly flight between Noumea, in New Caledonia, and Tahiti.
Hawaiian Airlines, provide a weekly service between Honolulu and Tahiti, currently operating on a Saturday/Sunday schedule.
LANChile, operate a flight once a week from Santiago to Tahiti via Easter Island, providing the availability to do a great side trip from Tahiti to Easter island.
Air Tahiti is French Polynesia's domestic airline, which operates an extensive domestic flight network covering all the country's main islands, with at least a daily service. With the main Society islands receiving a number of flights a day, since Air Moorea stopped operations between Tahiti and Moorea, the flight connections now to Moorea have become limited, most connections between the two are now done by ferry boat.
The less populated and outer islands have a restricted service, so sometimes a night stop in Tahiti may be required when connecting to these islands.
Air Tahiti provide the only air service between Tahiti and the Cook islands, which they currently do once a week on a Thursday, an extra high season flight is operated between June and August
There are a number of aircraft and helicopters available for private charters, but they all tend to be based in Tahiti so arranging charters between the outer islands can be expensive as the aircraft will originate and terminate in Tahiti.
Airline Seat Maps
For most airlines, we can pre-reserve seats for you once your flight booking is confirmed, and will do so as a matter of course. If you would like to have a look at a seat plan for your aircraft, check the airlines' own website, or one of the best independent websites for this information is SeatGuru.com, which is part of the Tripadvisor group. Click Here to find information on your particular airline.
Prices are on a per person, per cabin for double occupancy basis and include 3 meals a day, either on board, picnics or in restaurants on shore, wine or soft drinks with meals, all on shore guided excursions, all on shore transport in relation to daily activites, guest lectures and full use of all ship-board activites.
If you have any questions regarding the islands of the Pacific Ocean or you would like us to provide a quote for your planned itinerary, then please contact us, we will be more than happy to help.
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